Two weeks ago, we reported on WWE wanting to bring back 90’s faction the Nation of Domination. WWE went so far as to bring both Ron Simmons and Mark Henry to the tapings to kick off the angle with MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin, but didn’t pull the trigger. Now it seems the idea has been scrapped according to MVP during on Say Less with Kaz and Lowkey.
I don’t wanna rehash something else, I wanna bring something new, and I don’t necessarily, in our approach to The Hurt Business, me and Bobby, as you know, we are legitimate friends away from wrestling. We boys. Shelton is one of my closest friends. I just like making money with my friends, you know what I’m saying?
I have no interest in rehashing the Nation of Domination, and while I do wanna present myself and Bobby and Shelton as strong black role models, successful, we’re businessmen.
We’re not trying to make a statement on race. We’re trying to just make a statement, and in our case, what we’re trying to do, it’s not about black or white, it’s about gold and green, and at that point, I love the fact that there are young men of color that can watch us and go, “Oh, I wanna be like them” because when I was a kid, I used to wanna be like Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. “Man, when I grow up, I wanna look like that. I wanna be like them.”MVP
MVP wasn’t the only individual who didn’t want a rebooted Nation of Domination to proceed. It’s been reported that many people backstage expressed the view that with what is happening in the world, establishing a group based on race would be contentious and tone-deaf. Thankfully, this time Vince McMahon acknowledged this.